Cover Change Corner – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
US Hardcover (2012) vs US Hardcover & Paperback (2013)
US Collectors Edition (2018)

The seventh and final Throne of Glass novel is coming out on Tuesday and I am so excited! I can’t believe this incredible journey is coming to an end. While this series does have its flaws, it is still one of my absolute favorites (check out my reviews for more!)

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Review: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

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Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Empire of Storms is a fantastic entry in the Throne of Glass series. Despite a few notable flaws, this world continues to amaze me.

“A court that wouldn’t just change the world. It would start the world over.” 

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Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea (ARC) by Tahereh Mafi

38720939 I was lucky enough to receive a galley while at BEA this year, and I was so excited to dive into this fantastic read. Quotes used in this review are from the unfinished galley and may be changed in the published edition. 

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: A Very Large Expanse of Sea discusses important and relevant topics in a way that is sure to open your eyes, it is beautifully written and immediately pulls you in.

“It never stops hurting. It only gets easier to recover.”

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New York Comic Con Wrap Up

New York Comic Con is perhaps my favorite time of year (maybe second only to Bookcon… it’s hard to decide).

From amazing cosplays to hilarious panels, you will always have something to see when visiting the Javits Center Columbus Day weekend. This year, I was able to go on Saturday and Sunday, with some fun Disney cosplays.

The real reason I love NYCC? That would have to be the free books. From ARCs to finished copies, there are dozens of free books handed out by the publishing booths. And when it comes to getting free things, I plan things out to the minute to make sure I can get as much as possible (a trait that really comes in handy at conventions). I typically try to stick with that plan, but this year a lot of the books I got were completely by coincidence.

Saturday was definitely my craziest day. I had to wake up at 5 in the morning to start my Belle transformation before leaving at 7 to begin the trek into the city. I live out on the North Fork of Long Island, so the drive can be a little long, but not long enough to make a hotel worthwhile. We had some issues getting parking, something that had never happened in the previous 3 years I’ve gone to NYCC, but of course one of the subway lines had to be down this weekend so everyone was driving in. Luckily, we got to the convention at around 10:30, just on time for me to sprint over to the Fierce Reads (Macmillan) booth to line up for an ARC of Tricia Levenseller’s Warrior of the Wild (Release Date: 2/26/19). If  I left with only one ARC, I would have wanted it to be this one. I absolutely adored her Daughter of the Pirate King series and I’m dying to see what she writes next.

After that, I was also lucky enough to get my hands on We Set the Dark on Fire (RD: 2/26/19) by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (RD: 2/05/19) and I got to go to a signing of A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (RD: 3/26/29). Later, I was also grabbed a copy of The Afterward by E.K. Johnston (RD: 2/19/19).

I ended up not buying too many books, only three that I’m really excited to start reading. The first is The Wolf Queen by Cerece Rennie Murphy. I’ve been visiting her booth at NYCC since my first convention four years ago. Her books always amaze me and I always look forward to getting to see what she’s written. Plus, she is one of the nicest human beings! Her books are also available online, so go and pick up a copy! I also met an author I haven’t read before, Nicoline Evans. She had a variety of books but her Haemans series is the one that stuck out to me (she described it as a dark Anastasia-inspired book with zombies, so I was sold).

On Sunday, I only really wanted one book, and that was Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (RD: 3/19/19). I’m so glad I was able to get that, plus a few others! The most surprising book I got was Slayer by Kiersten White (RD: 1/8/19). I had no idea they were even dropping the ARC, and I’m so grateful that someone I was on line with (for another book) told me about it! Buffy the Vampire Slayer was my life in high school, and I am so glad I was able to get my hands on an ARC of Kiersten White’s book that takes place in that universe! I also got to go to a signing of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, and was able to pick up an ARC of The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (RD: 3/5/19).

Of course, I can’t finish my NYCC wrap up without showing a few of the amazing cosplays I saw during the weekend:

Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing:
5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review In A Nutshell:  Queen of Shadows brings the Throne of Glass series to the next level, keeping you on the edge of your seat for the entire book.

 

“Then she smiled with every last shred of courage, of desperation, of hope for the glimmer of that glorious future. ‘Let’s go rattle the stars.'”

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Review: What If It’s Us (ARC) by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: What If It’s Us is an adorable tale of love and friendship that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotion through NYC.

Release Date: October 9th, 2018
*Quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publishing.*

“’But what if the story should quit while it’s ahead?’
‘How do you know unless you give the story another chance?’”

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Review: In Another Time by Caroline Leech

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Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing:
3/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review In A Nutshell:  In Another Time is a cute, light read, but isn’t perfect.

 

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My September 2018 Wrap Up!

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I read 10 books this month, including only 1 from my September TBR! This month I was a lot more motivated to read in comparison to the Great Slump of August 2018. It took a while for me to get motivated, but I did and I’m so happy!

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October 2018 TBR

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I got to only 1 book from my September TBR, but I’m still really proud of all the reading I did (be sure to check out my wrap up by clicking here!).

I chose 4 books for October, and I have faith that I’ll get to at least half of them! (That may not sound too positive, but based on the last couple of months that would be a nice improvement).

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Top 10 Most Anticipated October Releases

releases NEWThe best month of the year! October is swiftly approaching, meaning time for Halloween, costumes, pumpkins, and of course, amazing new book releases!

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